Debora Greger

Professor Emerita

Debora Greger

Debora Greger has published eight books of poetry: Movable Islands (1980), And (1985), The 1002nd Night (1990), Off-Season at the Edge of the World (1994), Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters (1996), God (2001), Western Art (2004) and Men, Women, and Ghosts (2008). She has won the Grolier Prize, a Discovery/The Nation Award, the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award, and the Brandeis University Award in Poetry. She was a winner of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship and has received grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Professor Greger has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute (Radcliffe) and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She teaches poetry workshops and seminars in poetry. Her degrees are from the University of Washington (BA, 1971) and the University of Iowa (MFA, 1974). She joined UF in 1988, after teaching at George Mason University and California State University, Chico. She has been a visiting professor at Ohio University; Wichita State University; Boise State University; and California State University, Fresno.

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R. Brandon Kershner

Professor Emeritus

R. Brandon KershnerR. Brandon Kershner received his MA from The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars in 1966 and his PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 1972. He has been a member of the UF faculty since 1971.

He is the author of Dylan Thomas: The Poet and His Critics(1977); Joyce, Bakhtin, and Popular Literature (UNC Press, 1989), which won the 1990 award in literary criticism from the American Conference for Irish Studies; The Twentieth-Century Novel: An Introduction (Bedford Books, 1997); and numerous articles on Joyce, other modern writers, and topics within cultural studies. He is the editor of the critical edition of Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist from Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press (1992), and two collections of essays on Joyce: Joyce and Popular Culture (UF Press, 1996) and Cultural Studies of Joyce (Rodopi, 2003). His poetry and translations have appeared in such journals as Poetry and APR.

Professor Kershner is serving a six-year term as a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation, and in 1999 was named University of Florida Alumni Professor of English.

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Padgett Powell

Professor

Padgett Powell

Padgett Powell received his M.A. in English from the University of Houston and joined the UF Creative Writing faculty in 1984. Powell has also taught in Canada, France, Kenya, Portugal, Russia, and Turkey.

Professor Powell’s novels include Edisto, A Woman Named Drown, Edisto Revisited, Mrs. Hollingsworth’s Men, You & Me, The Interrogative Mood, and Hologram. His published collections of short stories are Typical, Aliens of Affection, and Cries for Help, Various. Powell’s writing has also appeared in the New YorkerHarper’s, and the Paris Review, as well as in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Sports Writing.

Professor Powell’s numerous awards include the Prix de Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Whiting Writers Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Mary Hobson Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of South Carolina, and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Powell’s fiction has been translated into Dutch,  Finnish, French, German, Italian,  Portuguese, and Spanish.

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Jill Ciment

Professor
Fiction
Jill Ciment
Photo: Arnold Mesches

Jill Ciment teaches graduate and undergraduate creative writing workshops. She is the author of Small Claims, a collection of short stories and novellas; The Law of Falling Bodies, Teeth of the Dog, The Tattoo Artist, Heroic Measures (a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize), and Act of God, novels; and Half a Life, a memoir. She is also the co-author (with Amy Hempel) of the thriller The Hand That Feeds You. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts, a NEA Japan Fellowship Prize, two New York State Fellowships for the Arts, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. 5 Flights Up, a film adaptation of Heroic Measures, was released in 2015.

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Uwem Akpan

Assistant Professor

Creative Writing (Fiction)


Uwem Akpan teaches graduate and upper-level fiction workshops.  His fiction and autobiographical pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, the Nigerian GuardianOthe Oprah magazine, etc. His collection, Say You’re One of Them, was published by Little, Brown in 2008 and has been translated into twelve languages.  It won the Commonwealth Prize (Africa Region), the Open Book Prize, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was the 2009 Oprah Book Club selection.

Uwem has been a fellow at the Loyola University Chicago’s Catholic Center, the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the University of Michigan’s Humanities Institute, and the University of Nevada’s Black Mountain Institute.  He is in the process of writing his second book.

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Camille Bordas

Assistant Professor
Fiction Writing, Nonfiction Writing, Translation

Camille Bordas is a novelist, short story writer, and translator. She was born in France and grew up between there and Mexico. She’s the author of two first novels in her native French, but wrote and published her third, How to Behave in a Crowd (Crown/Tim Duggan Books) in English. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Tin House, her nonfiction in Chicago Magazine and LitHub, her translations in various French publications.

She teaches in the Creative Writing Program, and is currently at work on her fourth novel.

Recent Work

Word Fest, Calgary (Canada), “Timely International Writers,” panel with Jenny Erpenbeck, Witi Ihimaera, and Nicola Lagioia.

Representative Publications/Exhibits

How to Behave in a Crowd, Tim Duggan Books, 2017.
“Most Die Young,” The New Yorker, January 2 2017 issue.
“The State of Nature,” The New Yorker, April 9 20218 issue.

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Michael Hofmann

Professor

Michael Hofmann writes, reviews, translates, and teaches. He is currently a judge for the 2018 International MAN Booker Prize, and is preparing the Clarendon Lectures, which he will deliver at the end of the year in Oxford. His translation of Alfred Doblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz is due out in March from the NYRB Classics series; another translation, of Hans Fallada’s Little Man, What Now? appears later this year from Penguin in England, as does a new book of his poems, One Lark, One Horse (with Faber).

Hofmann publishes reviews and essays in the London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, and Poetry. His pieces have been collected in two books, Behind the Lines and Where Have You Been? He also teaches graduate and undergraduate poetry workshops and an undergraduate course in Creative Non-Fiction.

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David Leavitt

Professor & Co-Director, MFA@FLA
Creative Writing (Fiction)

David Leavitt’s most recent books are the novels The Indian Clerk and The Two Hotel Francforts. He is also the author of The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer. AT UF he co-directs MFA@FLA, the English department’s program in Creative Writing, and is the editor of the literary journal Subtropics. His teaching comprises graduate and upper-level undergraduate fiction workshops and forms courses on such topics as “The Writer as Critic,” “Research and Imaginative Writing,” and “Fiction in Drag: Novels and Stories That Pretend to be Things Other Than Novels and Stories.” He is at work on a series of short novels set during the years of the Trump administration, the first of which will be published next year.

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William Logan

Alumni Professor and Distinguished Teaching Scholar

William Logan

William Logan writes poetry and a little criticism. His most recent books are Rift of Light (poems, Penguin) and, coming in April, Dickinson’s Nerves, Frost’s Woods (essays, Columbia University Press).

His reviews, when there are reviews, appear in the New York Times Book Review, the New Criterion, Poetry, Hudson Review, Hopkins Review, and other journals. He teaches poetry workshops and the occasional graduate course in the craft of poetry.

Logan received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry, the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction, the inaugural Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism, the Corrington Medal for Literary Excellence, and the Allen Tate Prize.

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Ange Mlinko

Associate Professor
Creative Writing (Poetry)

I am the author of five collections of poetry, and my most recent book is Distant Mandate (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017). I also publish criticism regularly in The London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, and Poetry magazine. I teach Advanced Verse Writing, and Verse Forms to upper-division undergraduates and MFA students.

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